Fall Trip to Duke Farms
Duke Farms is truly a special place which started in life as a tobacco tycoon's country estate. With the death of his daughter, Doris Duke, it has become an environmental wonderland of over 2000 acres. After a long closure and thoughtful revamping, Duke Farms is now open to the public. Bring your camera. This is a photographer's paradise!
The visit begins at the Orientation Center with a brief welcome, Q & A and short video. Then, grab your lunch, site map, audio guide, field guide or eco-kit to tram, stroll, hike or bike (rentals available) to enjoy nature and old school architecture on your own. You will see ruins, sculptures, small lakes, ponds, waterfalls, pools, orchids, meadows, wildlife and much more. And our new Director of Horticulture, Marc Montefusco, will be on hand to offer his expert and unique perspective and insight!
Be sure to catch the complementary hop-on hop-off tram at 10:30 am with stops at the Farm Barn, Hay Barn, Old Foundation, and Orchid Range, a beautiful conservatory featuring some 1500 orchids grown at Duke Farms.
We timed our visit to see the Great Falls, an amazing waterfall that cascades every day from 12:30 pm to 12:45 pm. The falls, which is powered by solar energy, was originally constructed to take water from the reservoir to Vista Lake, the largest of the nine lakes on Duke Farms. This may be a good time to enjoy your gourmet box lunch from What A Dish!
See it anyway you like and Imagine yourself beside Doris Duke while you explore this natural setting planned for her by her industrialist father at the turn of the 20th century. Preserved now, for us all to enjoy.
Thursday, October 2 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.